Jana Pochop began her vastly diverse career as an independent singer-songwriter when, as a child, she asked for a drum kit and her parents got her a guitar instead. She discovered Mary Chapin Carpenter at the age of 11 and found a beautiful purpose for that guitar. Her instinct for deep grooves and poignant lyrics are obvious on her most recent musical offering, Throats Are Quarries. Produced by Daniel Barrett (porterdavis, Rubicon Studio), Jana combines her gifts; lyrics that are as fearless as they are vulnerable, as skeptical as they are hopeful – woven into beautiful and fully fleshed arrangements.
“My fist is small and mighty, same substance as my heart.
One tries to open kindly, one always keeps its guard”
– From “Throw You Forward”
Throats Are Quarries completes a trilogy of EPs crafted by Jana and Dan, and affirms that she’s got one foot firmly planted in the grassy-rootsy folk genre while the other stomps around the pop world like a boss.
Jana Pochop (the ‘h’ is still silent) hails from the culturally rich Albuquerque, NM, where she earned a degree in History from the University of New Mexico. She says it was at the University where she learned how to learn…a skill that she uses constantly while maneuvering the ever-changing music business. She honed her performance chops at open mics and opening slots, and in 2006, moved to Austin to close the gap in her pursuit of a career in music.
She has allied with many of the central Texas music makers like Terri Hendrix, Susan Gibson, Elizabeth Wills, Michael O’Connor and Drew Kennedy. She has gotten a lot of ‘in the field’ experience by traveling with Gibson as booking agent / tour manager / documentarian / opening act and merch girl.
Jana knows first hand that all independent singer songwriters must be part entertainer, part entrepreneur. Besides the musical mark Jana is making, she has carved another niche by helping other musicians reach their goals. Her mantra is “community and content” and she started her own consulting business, Social Thinkery. While wearing her Thinkery cap, she helps musicians and other small business improve their web presence and engage their community. But she’s not only the president and CEO of Social Thinkery, she’s also a client! In 2013 she overfunded her Kickstarter campaign by 30%, truly a testament to the fact that Jana’s fans will put their money where her mouth is. Throats are Quarries is the latest, shiniest diamond to come from Jana Pochop.
Throats Are Quarries features Daniel Barrett on lots of instruments, Mark Hallman on drums (Carole King, Eliza Gilkyson), Eric Holden on bass (Shakira, Five For Fighting), and Susan Gibson on background vocals.
(Bio written by Susan Gibson)
The Early Year (2008)
For & Against (2010)
Throats Are Quarries (2014)
“Jana Pochop has always been one of my all time favorite songwriters. This EP (Throats Are Quarries) just made her one of my favorite artists. It’s incredible and brilliant.” –Elizabeth Willis
“Rare is the recording that captures an artist reaching the top of her game both lyrically and musically at the same time, but that’s what Jana has on her hands here. Her words cut to the heart of inspiration as easily as an inked needle pierces the skin– the former leaving the same indelible mark as the latter. Quite simply, Throats Are Quarries is a brilliant work of art.” – http://www.drewkennedymusic.com/
“Her last name is as original and unique as she is…the real deal.” – http://www.terrihendrix.com/
Songwriters Across Texas Television Show does not air today but will be back next Sunday with a Special Christmas Show. In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful Sunday with Brennen Leigh as she performs the gospel "Sing,Sing,Sing"
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Jaredd Reed is a songwriter first and foremost, and beyond that, a spectacular performer with an exceptionally distinct voice and charismatic writing style. He hails from Galveston Island, Texas. Currently working with producers for his Third EP to date. He has consistently wrote catchy hooks and gained fans all over the country since his first release in 2010 "BAD", and his second release "MaxPatch"(2011). Over the past 5 years Reed has taken his stage performance from coast to coast as a simple one man band show . Not eager to discard cover tunes either, Jaredd has also stocked an arsenal of top hits from classic country to classic rock to modern anthems! Jaredd Reed is always on tour and always guaranteed to rock your socks!!! If you have the opportunity, do yourself a favor and go to the show.
Last year, I did a series of house concerts before my album was released so that I could play the new songs for people in a special setting before they could hear them anywhere else. Well, it was such a great experience that I would love to do it again, but with the full band this time!
We are going into the studio, soon, to record a new album that will be released sometime next year, and we are offering 10 full band, unplugged house concerts. We will play a full night of music, including some new songs from the upcoming album. If you are interested, please message me and we will provide further information. We are only offering 10 of these on a first-come, first-served basis so act fast to reserve your show!
Our latest single, “I Think I Love You”, is officially a week old today. We’re extremely grateful to all of you for sharing the song, telling people about it, and for adding it to your playlists! If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s available on all digital music platforms including: Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, TIDAL, Amazon Music, and more! Please continue to share, and thank you for your support.
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